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Chadian president vows to ‘wipe out’ Boko Haram

Chadian president vows to ‘wipe out’ Boko Haram

N’Djamena (AFP) – Chadian President Idriss Deby on Wednesday vowed to “wipe out” Boko Haram and called on the group’s chief Abubakar Shekau to give himself up, warning that he knew where the militant leader was hiding. “It is in Abubakar Shekau’s interest to surrender, we know where he is. If he refuses to give himself up, he will suffer the same fate as his comrades,” Deby said at a press conference with his visiting Niger … Read entire article »

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Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

By KEN SWEET* NEW YORK (AP) — Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice of that market, and are launching card services aimed at Africa’s growing mobile payment industry. VISA CARD WITH A CELL PHONE Visa … Read entire article »

University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram

University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram

By Margee Ensign American University of Nigeria* The kidnapping of schoolgirls in Chibok in Nigeria by Boko Haram caught the attention of the world. Some of the girls who escaped are being taught at a school run by the American University of Nigeria. The university now finds itself helping to feed 270,000 displaced people, pushed out of their own homes … Read entire article »

First human’ discovered in Ethiopia

First human’ discovered in Ethiopia

By Pallab Ghosh* Scientists have unearthed the jawbone of what they claim is one of the very first humans. The 2.8 million-year-old specimen is 400,000 years older than researchers thought that our kind first emerged. The discovery in Ethiopia suggests climate change spurred the transition from tree dweller to upright walker. The head of the research team told BBC News that the find gives … Read entire article »

Zimbabwe President Mugabe sued by former Zanu-PF allies

Zimbabwe President Mugabe sued by former Zanu-PF allies

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been sued for wrongful dismissal by two former ruling party senior officials. The pair were expelled from the party in December and February for allegedly supporting a plot against him. Ruagare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa have filed papers in the High Court of Zimbabwe seeking an order to reinstate them into Zanu-PF. Mr Gumbo told the BBC that … Read entire article »

Chadian president vows to ‘wipe out’ Boko Haram

Chadian president vows to ‘wipe out’ Boko Haram

N’Djamena (AFP) – Chadian President Idriss Deby on Wednesday vowed to “wipe out” Boko Haram and called on the group’s chief Abubakar Shekau to give himself up, warning that he knew where the militant leader was hiding. “It is in Abubakar Shekau’s interest to surrender, we know where he is. If he refuses to give himself up, he will suffer the … Read entire article »

South Africa 20 years on: A state in crisis

South Africa 20 years on: A state in crisis

By Raymond Suttner, Activist and scholar* It applies to state governance at all levels: to key institutions that are under attack and being rendered dysfunctional; to growth prospects dimmer with high levels of unemployment; and to violence in society, much of it at the instance of the state and the ruling African National Congress (ANC). President Jacob Zuma, who rose to power … Read entire article »

Nigeria stalls Chad, aims to beat Boko Haram before election

Nigeria stalls Chad, aims to beat Boko Haram before election

By Daniel Flynn and Bate Felix* N’DJAMENA/YAOUNDE (Reuters) – When battle-hardened Chadian troops overran a Boko Haram camp in northern Nigeria last week, they wanted to press deep into territory controlled by the Islamist group but Nigeria refused to let them. Having defeated al Qaeda in Mali two years ago, Chad’s military believes it could finish off Boko Haram alone. It has … Read entire article »

Hilton Worldwide Announces First Hotel in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Hilton Worldwide Announces First Hotel in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Upscale DoubleTree by Hilton to Debut in Kinshasa Hilton Worldwide currently has 37 hotels operating across Africa, with nearly 30 hotels under development Hilton Worldwide, the world’s fastest growing hospitality company, today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Africa Hospitality Investments to open the full-service DoubleTree by Hilton Kinshasa – The Stanley. Located in the bustling Capital of the Democratic … Read entire article »

2014 sees flydubai achieve increased revenues of USD 1.2 billion up 19.1% and profits of USD 68 million

2014 sees flydubai achieve increased revenues of USD 1.2 billion up 19.1% and profits of USD 68 million

14% increase in passenger numbers between 2013 and 2014 in Africa •          100% increase in number of routes in Africa •          Schedule increased to 63 flights a week across 12 points in North and East Africa flydubai, in its fifth year of operation, today announced its Annual Results for 2014 and reported a net profit of AED 250 million (USD 68 million) an … Read entire article »